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|Bucklebury and the Pang Valley|
|Author: Claire, Published: 08 Oct 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Berkshire, Pang Valley|
|A 3 mile circular walk from the small village of Bucklebury in Berkshire. The walking route climbs through fields and alongside a pretty stream up to Sadgrove Farm, before turning back downhill where you are rewarded with views across the Pang Valley. You will have chance to glimpse some of the vast array of animals within Bucklebury Farm Park, including goats, donkeys, alpacas and wild boar. (Note: Please read the safety/access notes below about the farm park, particularly if you intend to take a dog with you). |
The walk is one gentle climb followed by the equivalent descent, but there are no particularly steep sections. The paths pass through woodlands and fields and so can be very muddy after periods of rain and in wet weather. There are two stiles on route (both of which are usually avoidable with open gates alongside) plus a couple of kissing gates. You will pass through a few fields holding sheep. The final leg of the walk follows the public footpath which passes through Bucklebury Farm Park. This will lead you through a field of Dexter Cattle (a small black breed) and the official line of the footpath also crosses enclosures holding other park animals (such as alpacas, llamas, donkeys and exotic deer). We strongly recommend you follow our instructions to avoid these enclosures, and if you have a dog with you please show respect for the park’s animals by keeping the dog close to you on a short lead and walking quickly and quietly through the park. Approximate time 1 to 1.5 hours.
Bucklebury is a small village located about 2.5 miles north of the A4 road, between Newbury and Reading. The walk starts and finishes at the gravel car park for the recreation ground and Victory Room. If you enter Bucklebury from the east, continue past the church and take the next right turn. You will find the recreation ground on the left. Approximate post code RG7 6PS.
|Start to Footbridge|
Start point: 51.4342 lat, -1.2072 long
Leave the car park via the vehicle entrance, with the Victory Room to the left. Turn right (away from the Victory Room) and continue to the road junction (taking care of any traffic). Turn right, signed for Marlston and Hermitage. Immediately after the last house on the left, turn left through a wooden gate to join the signed restricted byway.
|Footbridge to Track Crossroads|
Start point: 51.427 lat, -1.2121 long
Go through the gate at the far side of the bridge to enter a sheep pasture. Turn left and follow the fence line on the left. Keep ahead through the gateway into the next field and continue following the left-hand boundary. You will see the red roofs of the barns of Sadgrove Farms at about 1 o’clock.
|Track Crossroads to End|
Start point: 51.4224 lat, -1.2083 long
Turn left at this crossroads. The stone track will lead you past a property on the left, and then dwindles to a narrower path between hedgerows. A few yards later you will come to a fork. Here you have two choices, either to follow the main route through Bucklebury Farm Park, or to take a shortcut to avoid this. The main route crosses a cattle pasture and then passes between various animal enclosures, so if you have a dog either follow the short cut or, otherwise, please take extreme care and keep it under very close control to avoid stressing the animals.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
Did this walk this afternoon. A lovely gentle ramble through the beautiful Berkshire countryside which is hidden just a few miles south of the M4. Even managed a picnic in the woodland between waymark 1 and 2 - thankfully the predicted rain stayed away.
|By Lizanne on 24 Oct 2014|
Took the opportunity on the first sunny evening I could make it out to try this route - the route is relatively gentle although a bit muddy in places but overall a good hour if at a brisk pace. I always walk in bare feet which is a much more fulfilling experience so I can say that I touched every 'foot of the three miles! The part through Bucklebury Farm is interesting; its not often you meet a Llama, a Donkey, and some miniature horses on your average walk. However I would underline the point made by the author that a part of the footpath does take you through the Llama enclosure, so better to bear right at that point! I also met some enthusiastic cows and a young bull in the field beside the car park, so I bid a dignified retreat and walked back on the road. Overall an easy walk.
|By richarg on 26 May 2016|
Nice walk with our little dog, well marked, rarely flat, the Bucklebury park animal enclosures can be bypassed without major diversion. Cafe at park entrance/exit
|By KeithH on 14 May 2017|
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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